The World Cup dream of Christian Eriksen lives. Around nine months after his cardiac arrest at the European Championship final round, the 30-year-old midfielder was appointed back to the Danish national team on Tuesday.
Eriksen stands in the 23-member squad of Coach Kasper Hjulmand for the test international matches in the Netherlands (March 26) and against Serbia (March 29th). “I was recently in London to see him. I saw him in training and in the game and he is physically very, very fit,” said the former Mainz Bundesliga coach Hjulmand.
In mid-February, Eriksen, who had been used a defibrillator, has given his comeback on the competition level at the English Premier League Club FC Brentford. So far, he used in three league games for the climber, of which twice over 90 minutes. Last weekend he gave the 2-0 against the FC Burnley the template for the leadership hit. “He was the best player in the square,” says Hjulmand.
Eriksen was collapsed on June 12 in the first European Championship group match of Danes in Copenhagen against Finland and had to be reanimized. He just escaped death. Without Eriksen, the Danes later managed to the semifinals.
His goal was “Participation in the World Cup” in Qatar in November and December, Eriksen had explained in January. The playmaker has so far been used in 109 official games (36 Goals) for his country.
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A total of five Bundesliga professionals called Hjulmand for the upcoming international matches: Goalkeeper Frederik Rönnow von Union Berlin, to Jesper Lindström (Eintracht Frankfurt), Jacob Bruun Larsen (TSG Hoffenheim), Jonas Wind (VfL Wolfsburg) and Yussuf Poulsen from RB Leipzig.